Authentic Chicken Adobo Recipe

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Authentic Chicken Adobo Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 29, 2023

Learn how to make the famous Filipino dish, Chicken Adobo, with this authentic recipe. Chicken simmered in a flavorful mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and spices, resulting in tender and juicy meat with a tangy and savory sauce. This easy-to-follow recipe captures the traditional flavors of Filipino cuisine, making it a perfect choice for a delicious and comforting meal. Serve it with steamed rice and enjoy the rich and complex flavors of this iconic dish.


  • 2 pounds chicken pieces (legs, thighs, or a whole chicken, cut into small serving pieces)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Mix well.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and coat them evenly. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade.
  4. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Pour the reserved marinade and water into the skillet with the chicken. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Stir occasionally.
  6. Remove the lid and increase the heat to medium-high. Let it cook for another 5-10 minutes to allow the sauce to reduce and thicken.
  7. Taste the adobo and adjust the seasoning with salt if necessary.
  8. Remove from heat and transfer the chicken adobo to a serving platter.
  9. Serve hot with steamed rice and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Chicken Adobo is considered the national dish of the Philippines.
  • The word 'adobo' comes from the Spanish term 'adobar,' which means 'marinade' or 'sauce.'
  • The combination of soy sauce and vinegar in Chicken Adobo acts as a natural preservative, allowing the dish to last for several days without refrigeration.
  • There are many variations of Chicken Adobo, with each region in the Philippines having its own unique twist on the recipe.
  • Chicken Adobo is often enjoyed during special occasions and family gatherings, showcasing the unity and hospitality of Filipino culture.